SUMMERTIME = WATERMELON + LEMONADE
I always make lemonade on the first hot day of the year. Technically it is usually still spring, but in the south it gets hot way before summer arrives on the calendar. J
As the warmer temperatures continue, I start to think of going in search of the perfect, sweet watermelon that I grew up on from my grandparents farm. Watermelon is a necessity for any REAL summer meal. The watermelon must of course be chilled and not cut until ready to be served.
Today in honor of both of these favorite summer flavors, I created a recipe that uses both in one recipe - Watermelon Lemonade. It is very refreshing for a hot summer day and will be a crowd-pleasing thirst quencher at your next cookout.
Ashley's Watermelon Lemonade
4 1/2 cups blended watermelon
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup organic sugar (could use another sweetener such as honey, stevia, or agave)
Place cubed pieces of watermelon (seeds removed, of course J) into a blender and blend until very smooth. Add watermelon pieces to blender until makes 4 1/2 cups puree. Next, add lemon juice and sugar. Blend until well mixed. Strain though a coarse sieve set over a bowl (will need to stir to allow all juice to drain).
Right before serving, place 10-12 ice cubes (more or less depending upon your desire) into the blender and pulse several times to break ice. Add the strained watermelon lemonade back into the blender and blend with ice until slushy. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a small wedge of watermelon with rind and festive straw.
If you prefer not having a slush, the watermelon lemonade can be served over ice.
You can also make this ahead of time the day before. Stop at straining and place strained watermelon lemonade in refrigerator until ready to serve. Add the ice right before serving.